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November Chagossian Heritage Visit

Following the UK Government’s announcement in November 2016 that it would fund an expanded programme of visits for Chagossians to the British Indian Ocean Territory, the first such visit took place at the beginning of November 2017. This saw a group of 18 Chagossians, 11 from the UK and 7 from …

6th Darwin Plus Grant Round Open

The sixth round of the UK’s Darwin Plus grant scheme is now open. The closing date for applications is 10th October 2017. The aim of Darwin Plus is to help deliver long-term strategic outcomes for the natural environment in the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs). Biodiversity in the OTs is globally …

BIOT Corals Stamp Issue 05.09.17

On 5 September 2017, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a souvenir sheet of six stamps and a first day cover featuring several of the coral species found in the Territory. The species of BIOT coral featured in this issue are: Acropora cytherea (60p) Porites evermanni (£1.00) Turbinaria …

BIOT Megafauna Stamp Issue 08.06.17

On 8 June 2017 the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a set of six stamps and a first day cover portraying marine megafauna: species that are all found in the Territory. The fish featured in this issue are: Sailfish Istiophorus platypterus (60p) Reef Manta Ray Manta alfredi (£1) Oceanic Whitetip Shark Carcharhinus longimanus (£1.50) …

WWI Aircraft Stamps Released 06.03.17

As part of the First World War Centenary, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration has released a set of six stamps, on 6 March 2017, depicting aircraft used by Britain during WWI. The six planes we have chosen to cover the period of the war and also the different usages are: …

Turtle Stamp Issue Released 16.11.16

On 16 November we are releasing an issue of stamps depicting the two species of turtle that are found in BIOT and celebrates the conservation research that is being done there by Swansea (UK) and Deakin (Australia) Universities. The research group, led by Nicole Esteban (Swansea) and Graeme Hays (Deakin), is assessing …

New Territory Stamp and Coin Issues

STAMPS: This week sees the launch of a new set of BIOT stamps: the literary issue. They celebrate famous British writers and the well known characters they created: Roald Dahl and Fantastic Mr Fox (100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth on 13 September 1916) Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit (150th …

BIOTA Mini-Films Highlighting the Territory

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The BIOT Administration commissioned some mini-films from film maker Jon Slayer, an environmentalist and former Royal Marines Commando Officer, to exhibit the natural wonders of this Territory. The mini-films depict key treasures of the Territory: the reef fish; the islands; the corals; the seabirds and the iconic features of BIOT. Watch …

Britain’s Treasure Islands

Stewart McPherson’s three-part series “Britain’s Treasure Islands“, broadcast in April 2016 on BBC4, highlighted the incredible diversity of wildlife and the important conservation work being undertaken in the UK’s Overseas Territories. The British Indian Ocean Territory featured in episode one, “Ocean Odyssey”. There are also a series of mini-documentaries, images and other …

Catlin Seaview Survey and Google Street View

The British Indian Ocean Territory was part of the Catlin Seaview Survey last year. The Catlin Seaview Survey is creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision in response to the dramatic decline of the world’s reefs due to pollution, destructive fishing and climate …